220 kilograms of marijuana seized, 2 arrested in Nakhon Phanom

Authorities within the higher northeastern Nakhon Panom province arrested 2 men final night on charges of smuggling 220 kilograms of marijuana. They reportedly informed police they they did it as a result of they needed money after the Covid-19 outbreak left them unemployed.
The arrests got here after authorities received a tip that a drug gang deliberate to smuggle marijuana from Laos into Nakhon Phanom through That Phanom district. Odd spotted 2 suspicious automobiles travelling along the route and stopped them at an intersection. When they searched the automobile, they discovered 220 bars of compressed marijuana inside 5 sacks.
The commander of a naval unit in Nakhon Phanom says officers seized a Toyota Vios with Bangkok licence plates and an Isuzu pickup, also with Bangkok plates, from the pair. Authorities say the seized marijuana is of a excessive grade that might fetch 25,000-30,000 baht per kilogram.
During questioning, the suspects confessed that the medicine had been smuggled throughout the Mekong River from Laos in a longtail boat. They mentioned they had been employed for 20,000 baht to take the marijuana to Ubon Ratchathani, where other couriers would decide it up.
forty seven yr previous Khamdaeng Chanhom and forty eight year outdated Phon Joralee, both from Isaan’s Ubon Ratchathani province, are in custody pending legal motion. Police say the pair claim they have been made jobless in the course of the Covid-19 outbreak and had no alternative but to ship the medication.
Authorities say they’ll broaden their investigation to search out others involved, and that marijuana smuggling seems to be on the increase. During the previous 2 months alone, more than 2 tonnes of marijuana have been seized in Nakhon Phanom. Last 12 months, about 8 tonnes of marijuana were seized there..

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